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Swipe card transit system delayed

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Winnipeg Transit is struggling with the introduction of its $18-million digital fare system.

Transit director Dave Wardrop said the Smart Card system is still going through a testing phase and likely won’t be fully operational until 2015.

"This is a highly complex project," Wardrop told the finance committee. "We’re continuing to resolve technical issues on an ongoing basis," adding the project is on budget, if not on time.

The digital swipe cards will replace traditional paper tickets and transfers and bus passes.

The system was supposed to have been implemented in fall of 2013. That was pushed back to this spring and now that has been pushed back even farther.

Wardrop told the finance committee that Handi-Transit users are being issued the swipe cards now but other users won’t be able to buy the cards until 2015.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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